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Updated: 2013-02-22 12:05

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New York: In motion

Dancers from Zhixin Middle School in Guangzhou perform Happy Blossoming Flowers on the stage of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The dance, which originates from China's Yi ethnic minority, portrays girls' yearning for and pursuit of happiness. Over 300 young performers from China took part in the third China Intangible Cultural Heritage Performance on Tuesday night. Caroline Berg / China Daily

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Toronto: Comedy envoy

Jiang Kun (right), one of China's best-known comedians, is presented with a certificate as an honorary tourism and culture ambassador by Michael Chen, Ontario's minister of tourism and culture. The award, established by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corp, is meant to promote the province to China's population. Between 2010 and 2014, tourism by Chinese citizens to Ontario is projected to double. China is estimated to be the third-biggest source of foreign visitors to Canada's most populous province. Li Na / China Daily

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Washington: Capital reunion

Tan Tianxing (right), vice-minister of the State Council's Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, visits with longtime friends Anna Chennault, the widow of Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault who was commander of the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force in 1941-42, known as the Flying Tigers, and Irving Hoffman at Chennault's home on Tuesday. Wu Qingcai / For China Daily

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Washington: Author's autograph

David Shambaugh (right), a professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, signs a copy of his new book, China Goes Global: The Partial Power, for an audience member after a discussion on Tuesday at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The book chronicles China's growing prominence in international affairs. Sun Chenbei / China Daily

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United Nations: Banner day

Andi Gitow (left, second row), chief of partnerships for the United Nations' Department of Public Information, gathers for a group photo with Chinese children at UN headquarters on Tuesday. Yang Fengming (right, second row), head of the China Association for Promoting Children's Culture and Art, lead the delegation of over 50 cultural ambassadors aged 4 to 17 on their visit to the fifth UN World Children for Peace flag-painting competition. The children in the front row were winners of the competition, endorsed by China's Ministry of Culture and established by the China International Association with support of UN field offices in China. Zhang Yuwei / China Daily

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Seattle: Young leaders

Twenty-eight high school students from China show off a banner shortly after they arrived in Washington state on Monday for a leadership workshop on the history, politics, culture and natural environment of the United States. After taking classes at the University of Washington and sightseeing around Seattle, the students headed to Portland, Oregon, on Friday for the remainder of their 10-day visit. Deng Yu / China Daily

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New York: Party time

New York City Comptroller John Liu stands with lion-dance performers at a Lunar New Year celebration hosted by his office on Feb 20. The event featured performances such as traditional Korean drumming and orchestral music. Dignitaries in attendance included Dong Xiaojun, China's deputy consul general in New York. Yu Wei / China Daily

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New York: Dynamic duet

Song Zuying (right), called the queen of Chinese folk singers, performs with Tibetan tenor Tsewang Dorjei during a Feb 16 concert at Radio City Music Hall. Song performed traditional Chinese folk songs including Jasmine Flower, Spice Sister and Good Days. During her encore, the audience sang along to Our Love for China. Her tour is part of Cultures of China, Festival of Spring, which the State Council's Overseas Chinese Affairs Office has organized since 2009 to help promote Chinese culture and celebrate Lunar New Year. Other stops on Song's tour include Washington, DC, Los Angeles (March 1) and San Francisco (March 3). Yu Wei / China Daily

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Newark, California: What's cooking

US Representative Judy Chu (in red) is flanked by California State Assemblyman Paul Fong (left) and Kong Yu, president of Smart Business Services Inc, in cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the annual Chinese Restaurants Awards on Feb 16. Organized by the Chinese Restaurant Foundation, this year's ceremony features a 40-foot-long wall exhibit, the Sweet and Sour Timeline, marking milestones over the past 160 years of Chinese cuisine in the United States. Hundreds of restaurateurs and chefs from the US, Canada and China attended. Photo provided to China Daily

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Los Angeles: Big honor

Television journalist Lisa Ling interviews Yao Ming at the Asia Society of Southern California's 2013 gala on Tuesday evening. The former National Basketball Association star was honored with the organization's Visionary of the Year award. Photo provided to China Daily

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Dallas: Texas trinkets

Guests receive glow sticks at a Year of the Snake celebration at Dallas' Crow Collection of Asian Art on Feb 15. Some 10,000 revelers turned out for the Lunar New Year event, breaking the museum's single-day attendance record. Jason Janik / For China Daily

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Toronto: Holiday farewell

Performers bid the audience good night and enjoy a round of applause at the conclusion of the annual Chinese New Year Carnival on Feb 16 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The show, presented by the Canada-China Cultural Development Association and Legend of China Productions to celebrate Lunar New Year, featured the Broadcast National Orchestra of China and a variety of music, acrobatics and magic. Li Na / China Daily

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San Francisco: Highlighting tourism

Jennifer Dyke, research director for the firm Hall & Partners, gives a speech titled China Ready: Consumer Quantitative Research at the tourism-focused Visit California Outlook Forum on Wednesday. The event provided leaders in the state's tourism industry with a look at new research behind Visit California's marketing efforts in China. Cheng Jia / China Daily

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San Francisco: K&L Gates LLP, a US-based law firm with offices around the world, hosted a Lunar New Year celebration on Wednesday. The event drew local government officials as well as business and civic leaders. Pictured are Jeffrey Heller (left), president of Heller Manus Architects in San Francisco and Howard Chen, a partner at K&L Gates. Zhang Qidong / China Daily

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Davis, California: Andreas Albrecht, chairman of the physics department at the University of California, Davis, explains to a group of Chinese journalists the school's academic exchanges with its Chinese counterpart. Looking on is Wang Chuan, the press consul of the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. Chang Jun / China Daily

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Toronto: TOP HONOR

Michael Lee-Chin (center), a Jamaican-Canadian businessman of Chinese ancestry, speaks at a Feb 13 conference where he was announced as the winner of the annual Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs. Flanking him are Tina Sarellas, regional vice-president for Royal Bank of Canada, and association president Alan Kwong. Lee-Chin is chairman of AIC Financial Group Ltd and National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, and he serves as chancellor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. He is also known for philanthropy and support for the arts, culture and education. Li Na / China Daily

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Toronto: PEACE HONOREES

Members of Cham Shan Temple of Canada were recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of its promotion of peace and cultural dialogue between Canada and China. Presenting a calligraphic work in conjunction with the award on Feb 16 is Jason Kenney, Canadian minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism. Accepting it are temple elder Sing Hung (center) and temple abbot Dayi Shi, who is also president of the Buddhist Association of Canada. To the left of Kenney is Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent. Li Na / China Daily

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Harold Holzer, a leading American scholar of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the American Civil War Era, waits to open a scroll of Chinese greetings of the New Year during a lion dance performance to celebrate the Year of the Snake at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday night. Holzer also serves as senior vice-president for external affairs at the Met Museum which hosted three Chinese New Year celebrations previously. Zhang Yuwei / China Daily

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Harold Holzer, a leading American scholar of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the American Civil War Era, was honored a scroll of Chinese greetings of the New Year during a lion dance performance to celebrate the Year of the Snake at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday night. Holzer also serves as senior vice-president for external affairs at the Met Museum which hosted three Chinese New Year celebrations previously. Zhang Yuwei / China Daily

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Grand Celebration

Canada Phoenix International Inc, the well-known financial institution in Great Toronto held a grand Chinese New Year Gala on Feb 20thin Markham. Over two hundreds guests attend this celebration of snake arrival. This picture shows, first line from left: Wang Lijun, President of Bank of China (Canada); Detective Raymond Miu, Toronto Police; Michael Chan, MPP Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport; Sophia Sun, President of Phoenix International Inc; Fang Li, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto; Ms Fang; and Canadian Senator Victor Oh. Photo provided to China Daily

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